The Bard's Gallery

As well as music from the plays, “Bard’s Gallery” featured choral songs from Shakespeare’s time by Orlando Gibbons and John Dowland. More recent choral works using Shakespeare’s words by composers such as Vaughan Williams and Giuseppe Verdi were sung as well as music from filmed versions of Shakespeare's work such as Baz Luhrmann's “Romeo and Juliet” and Kenneth Branagh's “Henry V”.

The concert was topped off with acting, readings from the sonnets and with the choir joined by a host of special guests.

War and Peace

“War and Peace” featured the soaring harmonies of the Renaissance giant Josquin Des Pres whose beautiful hymn to peace, the “Agnus Dei” is derived from the most ferocious of war songs.

Other highlights included the beautiful harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel and a piece called “One of Us” with words by ex Prime Minister Paul Keating. The story of aboriginal resistance to colonialism was movingly portrayed in “The War without a Name” by Melbourne singer/songwriter Bruce Watson.



The Midwinter Feast
With special guest Danny Spooner and a sumptuous 4 course meal this concert was a fantastic experience.
Street cries and catches from the market places of London in the 1700s led on to music by King Henry the 8th, gruesome delights from "Sweeney Todd" as well as ravishing sacred music from Thomas Tallis.
There were plenty of folk songs and stories from Danny's unending repertoire, and jazz and the Beatles for dessert.
7 Deadly Sins
The historic 1890's Essendon Court House was the dramatic venue for a concert which explored the darker sides of human nature.
It featured the strangely dissonant music of the 17th century Italian prince Gesualdo written in a period of regret after having killed his wife and her lover, the lustful madgrigals of  Monteverdi and gossip songs of Pierre Certon.
There were  tales of cuckolds and convicts, murder ballads by Johnny Cash and exerpts from Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.With her cabaret band, special guest Anna Struth sang Billie Holiday and Kurt Weill.
Things that go bump in the night

The Coach and Horses Inn at Clarkefield has a long history of ghostly happenings and was the perfect venue for our Halloween concert.

This concert  drew on the whole sweep of the Halloween tradition from it's Celtic roots through Mediaeval harvest festivais , its association with All Souls Day to its modern incarnations.We sang music by Mozart, John Williams and Josquin des Prez.

A Children's Choir, a Magician and a tour of the spookiest parts of this impressive 1850's building  completed the experience.

One Song at a Time

The Wesley Anne in Northcote was the venue for a concert of protest songs from the 1500s to the present day.

We sang songs of rebellion, resistance and perserverance by  the revolutionary renaissance priest Martin Luther, British balladeer Billy Bragg,  the Italian opera of Giuseppe Verdi and Australia's Midnight Oil.

The audience heard coded messages hidden in the spirituals of 1800s black America and English folk songs. There were rousing freedom songs from South Africa and the exquisite harmonies of 60's group Peter Paul and Mary.



Elemental Harmonies ...
In the lightning room at Scienceworks we sang music by Phillip Glass, Tom Lehrer and David Bowie. Lutenist John Griffiths played music by Galileo's family and Paul Rogers created weird and wonderful sounds on the Theremin. This intriging concert of music by scientists, inspired by science and music about science was followed by a dramatic lightning show.
Songs of Travel
2nd August 2015

The quirky chapel of the Mission to Seafarers building in Docklands was the perfect setting for 12 Century Pilgrim songs, and music by Vaughan Williams and Paul Jarman. We sang exerpts from Handel's "Israel in Egypt" and beautiful Irish Ballads with the help of our special guest Katheryn Clements.
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Art Song

In the historic American Romanesque Victorian Artists Society building in East Melbourne, on a stage surrounded by paintings,“Art Song” exploreed music inspired by art and artists.
From 1600’s London we sang Henry Purcell. From the 1500’s the heavenly music of renaissance composer Josquin Des Prez whose musical career is linked to the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Listeners heard the sweet 1950’s crooning of Nat King Cole, and music from the 1920s inspired by the “Talkies”. We sang Don Maclean’s bittersweet 1970’s ode to Vincent Van Gogh, music by Coldplay and Gilbert and Sullivan.

Special guests were Yiyun Gu playing excerpts from Mussorgsky’s original 1874 piano version of “Pictures at an Exhibition” and the abstract sounds of modern percussion were played by Timothy Phillips.

30th July 2016
Midwinter Murders

In collaboration with Danny Diesendorf  and special guest Luca Romani, the choir branched out into acting by creating a hilarious sendup of the Film Noir and British Murder Mystery genres.

Performed to a packed house at the Bella Union Theatre, the convoluted plot was interspersed with music from Gesualdo, Johnny Cash , the Dixie Chicks, Nick Cave and Queen. 

Twisted Christmas 17/12/16

Lots of Christmas craziness at the Metanioa Theatre in Brunswick with alternative Yuletide offerings from The Pogues, Tim Minchin and Greg Lake. On a stage with a christmas tree and a sofa for those for those who had had too much Christmas cheer, we were joined by a host of special guests, Gemma Hornbury provided a crack brass ensemble, Mitch Naughton played Tim Whistle, Andrew Alves played drums and Yiyun Gu joined us again on piano.


23rd July 2017

Music inspired by the world's great literary masterpieces graced the beautful Reading Room at Fitzroy Town hall. The audience heard dramatic choruses  by Handel, mesmerising themes by Phillip Glass and spooky realisations of Edgar Allen Poe's  "The Raven" by Ade Vincent. Geoffery Baird sang Schubert and recited Shakepeare and Shelly. Matt Stonehouse created percussive soundscapes, Alana Guerin played violin and Yiyun Gu played piano.
Sunday's Child
26 Nov 2017

In a spectacular concert joined by Rockie Stone's Circus Troop and the Performance Choir of Coburg North Primary School our audience heard songs of childhood from the perspectives of adults and children. 16th century composer Orlando Lassus was represented by his setting of the Bible verse "When I was a Child". Other songs included The White Stripes' "I can tell that we are going to be Friends", Tim Minchin's "When I grow Up" and John Rutter's dynamic arrangements of nursery rhymes.

The Rocky Road to Dublin 1o/6/18

This time we journeyed back to  the cosy Wesley Ann in Northcote. Around the fire we explored the rich tradition  of Irish music. There were rollicking songs of  bold highwaymen, poignant ballads of  hard done by convicts and rousing seafaring choruses. Alana Guerin played the fiddle as we complimented the traditional fare with music by  The Pogues, The Cranberries and U2. The choir abandoned the stage and sat in the audience to get everyone singing along.


The Holy and the Broken


In the beautiful Good Shepherd Chapel at the Abbotsford Convent, Sophie's Voice teamed up with Darcy Cornwallis and his band to mix up the scripturally inspired music of Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Paul Kelly with stunning sacred vocal music from the Renaissance.